Xiaomi sales plummeting, company remains unfazed


Xiaomi is unfazed by the recent poor performance of its smartphone division, company global vice-president Hugo Barra claims. In his words, Xiaomi is relying on the money it makes from connected smart home devices and its software eco-system.

"We could sell 10 billion smartphones and we wouldn't make a single dime in profits," Barra told Reuters in an interview. "Basically we're giving [handsets] to you without making any money… we care about the recurring revenue streams over many years.”

Despite declining smartphone sales in 2016, back in April Xiaomi vice-president Liu De projected sales of smart home devices to increase twofold this year (to around $1.5 billion).

Despite the downward trend in smartphone sales, Xiaomi is still investing heavily in the Asian mobile market and is finally gearing up to make its Western debut next month with a device capable of working on U.S. 4G networks. Furthermore, the company is preparing to show off a “global” mobile device at CES 2017, which serves as evidence that Xiaomi is nowhere close to giving up on the mobile game.

Would you buy a Xiaomi phone if it was readily and widely available in your country?

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source: Reuters

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24 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Would I buy a Xiaomi...? Aye...!

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I would, just to throw on a custom ROM I suppose.

11. raky_b

Posts: 384; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

well, if you would be lucky as i was...buying Redmi 1s without GPS signal, Mi4i that overheats and because of that have yellow stein on screen, and Rdemi Pro wich have so "good" amoled, that it have burni in just after two months of usage....and all that comes with MIUI and without any support or warranty from manufacturer (it's is out of China,o Xiaomi doesn't care), you would think twice before buying another Xiaomi.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

gearbest and other online retailer give 1-year international warranty

22. raky_b

Posts: 384; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

really!? yes, they did write so...but then, did you tryed to make that warranty work!? i did... and many others did, and you can read about it on trustpilot site.

19. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

my brother buy redmi note 3, my cousin buy redmi 2, many of my friends are using redmi note 3 and note prime...so far as i know, none have the problem that you said and don't say. you might be one hell of unlucky guy or i happened to know some of the luckiest redmi user

21. raky_b

Posts: 384; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

i had Mi3 problem-free also, bought redmi 3s Pro for my mother, also worsk fine (but it's 1 month now) as many of Xiaomi accesories that i am happy with...but, those three i can just put in a draw and forget about it.

20. tweetgadget

Posts: 72; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

I jumped ship to xiaomi from samsung 3 years ago...best decision in my life.. Im happy with xiaomi... even now I cant live without its miui rom..

3. aegislash

Posts: 1477; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

I would totally buy a Mi Mix if the camera wasn't garbage and the bottom chin had smaller bezel.

5. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

what phone would you buy?

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't buy phones like Xiamoi.

6. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

no one buys xiamoi...lol

12. raky_b

Posts: 384; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

i have bought 5 of them in lat 3 years. 3 was sh*t. and i will not buy another, except maybe cheapest redmi phone, so i don't have to care about throwing away money. it' no wonder their sales is shrinking down...after Mi3, they did not make good, complite phone....all their phone had big flows...even for asked price. and i won't go in writing about design....meybe it' just me that hates those black basel around screen.

17. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

people buy xiaomi, not xiamoi!!!

8. dazzmichael

Posts: 71; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

no-one buys phones like Xiamoi, but some people do buy phones like Xiaomi.

7. Nadeemirfanrazachohdary

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 25, 2016

Its nice to have affordable phones with compatible hardware. Already using one got from china to Pakistan via dubai. It was worth that hassle. I liked redmi note 3 pro prime.

9. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

So you just spend more money on fare to buy niche. Chinese phone . Boy you could have got a new s7 edge in the same expense.

18. mahima

Posts: 727; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

he can still buy four redmi note 3 instead of s7 edge

10. athos07m

Posts: 137; Member since: Apr 22, 2012

Just make the redmi note 4 waterproof and then globally available. Block busting done right.

13. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

More competition is always better for the consumer.

14. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

"We could sell 10 billion smartphones and we wouldn't make a single dime in profits", yeah ok but if we follow this logic then lower sales would mean LOSES in profit. It's a hardware business after all. Honestly, a good businessman will just cut down or scrap or sell such business unit if it does not generate profit, since it's a waste of valuable resources.

15. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2149; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This is the simple reason Android will die quickly...lol! This is why Apple can have declines in its smartphone and tablet lineup as they have iTunes and Apple Store. Those two areas are making Apple billions. Android manufacturers are really struggling to make ends meet with their hardware. I keep laughing about those that swear by the 87% marketshare. Marketshare in an Android world is toilet paper...

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Why should i be bother that the handset manufacturer is not making profit? I would rather be focusing my effort on getting the best deal and currently most deal involve an Android handset. Yesterday, I did pick up a Windows 10 phone that offer me the right feature set and price but that an exception rather than a norms.

24. epdm2be

Posts: 821; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

"...Furthermore, the company is preparing to show off a “global” mobile device at CES 2017...." Too little too late. Should have made the Mi 5 worldwide or at least euro-capable (just the 3 needed LTE-bands). But now we already bought Oneplusses, samsungs, HTC's and Sonys. AFIAC just go away

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